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Yankees Acquire Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs

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The New York Yankees today announced that they have acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later.

Castro, 25, hit .265 with 52 runs, 23 doubles, 11 home runs and 69 runs batted in 151 games with the Cubs in 2015. Over his final 45 games of the season beginning on August 13, he hit .358 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 23 runs batted in. His .369 batting average in September and October led the National League.

The Dominican Republic native has spent the majority of his career at shortstop, posting a .963 fielding percentage in 844 games at the position. He has also posted a .957 fielding in 38 career games at second base, having made his first Major League appearance there on Aug. 11, 2015.

Castro was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on October 25, 2006. In 891 games over six Major League seasons from 2010-15 all with Chicago NL he has batted .281 with 391 runs, 186 doubles, 31 triples, 62 home runs and 363 runs batted in. On August 28, 2012, he signed a seven-year contract with the Cubs through 2019, including a club option for the 2020 season.

Warren, 28, went 7-7 with a 3.29 ERA and 104 in 43 games with the Yankees in 2015, setting career highs in wins, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. He was one of just two pitchers in the Majors to make at least 15 starts and 20 relief appearances in 2015, joining the Twins’ Trevor May. He also became the first Yankee to reach those totals in the same season since Ramiro Mendoza in 1997.

Warren was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and went 13-15 with five saves, a 3.39 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 147 games over parts of four Major League seasons with the club.

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